- Obs. a rolling down or falling
- a passing down from stage to stage
- the passing (of property, rights, authority, etc.) from one person to another
- a delegating (of duties) to a substitute or subordinate
- a delegating (of power or authority) by a central government to local governing units
- Biol. evolution in function or structure toward greater simplicity or to the point of disappearance; degeneration
Origin of devolutionMedieval Latin devolutio, a rolling back from Classical Latin devolutus, past participle of devolvere: see devolve
- A passing down or descent through successive stages of time or a process.
- Transference, as of rights or qualities, to a successor.
- Delegation of authority or duties to a subordinate or substitute.
- A transfer of powers from a central government to local units.
- Biology Degeneration.
Origin of devolutionLate Latin dēvolūtiō dēvolūtiōn- from Latin dēvolūtus past participle of dēvolvere to roll down, fall to ; see devolve .
- A rolling down.
- A descent, especially one that passes through a series of revolutions, or by succession
- The transference of a right to a successor, or of a power from one body to another.
- (pejorative) Degeneration (as opposed to evolution).
- (UK) The transfer of some powers, and the delegation of some functions, from a central sovereign government to local government; eg. from Westminster to Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly.